Do you want to breathe some life into your frequency table and dot plot lessons? Then this is this the activity for you! This activity is intended to help students match sets of data (found in frequency tables) with correct displays (dot plots, also known as line plots). Your students will be up, out of their seats, being active, and discussing statistics with their classmates!
Just print 1 set of cards for each class you are teaching. Cut along the dashed lines, and mix up the cards before you distribute them, 1 per student. Because the cards will wind up being attached to the student worksheet, there is no need to laminate the cards or print them on cardstock.
After distributing the cards, ask the students to study their frequency table or graph. They should read the title and look for any peaks, valleys, clusters, or gaps. They should also take note of the data’s range. I encourage students to mark/write on their cards, especially the dot plots.
Explain that if they received a frequency table, they will be searching for the corresponding dot plot, and vice versa. Once they are sure that they have found their matching partner, they should attach the frequency table and the matching dot plot to the student worksheet. They should then answer the 6 questions at the bottom of the worksheet.
There are 14 matching sets, so I am not going to burden you with 14 keys! However, I have provided a key with general guidelines for quick grading. I also like to have each partner pair switch papers with another set of partners and check each other’s work. It is a learning opportunity for them, and it makes your life easier!